New to the Scotts Castle Holidays portfolio is this 16th Century Borders Tower in Dumfries-shire, set within its own private grounds. Built in about 1533, it was restored in the 1970’s with a recent upgrade and complete refurbishment in 2014. In “The fortified house in Scotland”, Nigel Tranter describes the castle as follows. “A 16th century tower of some strength standing on a slight eminence, near the road, in low-lying ground a mile south of Moffat. It is rubble built, three storeys and an attic in height, with the basement with the usual wide splayed gun-loops just above”. It was built for the Johnstone clan as one of their strong houses and the walls are proof of this as they are 6 ft (1.8m) thick and rounded on the angles.
Internally, there is a vaulted ground floor, with a newly fitted kitchen and dining space. Here you can create simple suppers or prepare your very own Medieval banquet. On the floor above is the Great Hall, with its exposed stone walls adorned with armoury of yesteryear. Above are the three bedrooms above, two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all of which have their own TV. Set within 5 acres of grounds, which includes a loch, there is a 6-person hot tub available to the side of the castle which overlooks the water.
Available to accept bookings today from March 2015 onwards, this stand-alone castle is available on a self-catering basis for up to 6 people. Those with a faithful four legged friend are allowed to take one dog to stay at the castle too. This is a wonderful castle and you will be the envy of your friends when you stay here. Even the famous painter Joseph William Mallord Turner has taken time to sketch this castle, with his notebook of castle sketches from1801 displayed in the Tate gallery. Whatever takes your fancy, be it dressing up for an “Outlander” themed weekend or a family holiday over the summer, this Scottish castle will cater for your needs, combining comfort with authenticity. Contact Scotts Castle Holidays today for more information today.